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Centre Care Breaks Ground for New Nursing Facility

by on April 25, 2019 5:00 AM

The nonprofit Centre Care on Wednesday broke ground for its new $45.3 million skilled nursing facility in off Benner Pike in College Township.

When completed in 2020, the new 240-bed facility on Persia Road will replace the 80-year-old Centre Crest in Bellefonte, which has been operated by the Centre Care since 2013, when ownership was transitioned from Centre County.

On Wednesday, Centre Care board members drove four mini-excavators to ceremoniously move dirt and mark the start of construction for the project, which was formally announced in 2017.

“We’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time,” said Betsy Boyer, Centre Care president. “But thanks to the amazing work of my fellow board members, our tremendous management team at Complete Healthcare Resources, and the staff at Centre Crest, we are one giant step closer to our goal of offering a new state-of-the-art home for Centre County.”

The new 135,645 square-foot facility will offer traditional long-term care along with three specialty care "neighborhoods" that are in high demand: a high acuity neighborhood for patients with complex medical conditions; a memory care neighborhood; and a short-term rehabilitation neighborhood.

The number of private rooms will increase from four to 66 and bedroom sizes will increase by about 100 square feet. The new facility -- a central building flanked by two wings -- also will offer more programming, enhanced food service and greater personalized care, according to Centre Care. The site also has room to expand in the future.

Centre Care also will be the largest of only three in Centre County licensed to provide Medicaid care. Centre Crest residents will transition to the new facility when it is finished

“We are thankful for the new facility with its increased number of single rooms, private bathrooms and lots of different spaces for us to be active in and entertain our families,” said Charlie Meyer, president of Centre Crest’s resident council. “My fellow residents and I want you to know from the bottom of our hearts how much we appreciate the support the community has shown for this project.”

In August, Centre Care was approved for a $34 million direct loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the new facility. Centre Care is providing $5.3 million and is looking to raise an additional $6 million through fundraising. 

A capital campaign kicked off in November and to date has raised $3.7 million from individual donors, foundations and local governments.

“We really need to get those who will use this facility to support it,” said Molly Schwartz, the campaign’s honorary chair. “This facility will care for anyone who needs it, regardless of income. I think that’s a worthy cause we all should support.”

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Centre Care board members break ground on the new $45.3 million nursing facility. Pictured from left are Bill Rockey, Al Jones, Betsy Boyer and Connie Corl.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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